created March 23, 2013
Popper was made with recycled watch parts and a christmas light bulb.
In order to create the legs, eighteen watch stems must be cut in different sizes to simulate the organic appearance of real arthropod legs, which vary in size and shape between species. Each of these segments is carefully arranged into a leg and soldered at the joints with lead free, silver bearing solder.
To make the body of Popper, four very small watch plates are soldered together with watch stem posts and brass watch train gears, forming a sort of chassis for the head, bulb, wings, and legs to rest in. The wings are cut and sanded watch faces, attached to the body by watch strap springs and stems. The head is made by cutting, sanding and shaping a watch dial, to which eyes made from brass wheels are soldered. A blue christmas light bulb is very carefully removed from its metal base and soldered to the body chassis by its lead wires.
After the body is made, the leg and wing assemblies are carefully arranged and attached by soldering. The legs and body are then manipulated in order to make the creature stand properly. All joints are then resoldered for added stiffness.
Popper measures 70mm wide by 44mm front to back by 25mm tall.
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